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Occupational Therapy in Pulmonary Rehabilitation

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  • Ira Rashbaum
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    Address reprint requests to: Ira Rashbaum, MD, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Howard A. Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine, 400 East 34th Street, New York, NY 10016
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    From the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Howard A. Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine, New York University School of Medicine, New York, New York
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  • Nancy Whyte
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    From the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Howard A. Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine, New York University School of Medicine, New York, New York
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      Comprehensive rehabilitation of the pulmonary patient requires the consideration of functional capacity and daily life activities. Occupational therapists are vital members of the rehabilitation team who help patients to strive toward the goal of functional independence. Interventions include breathing retraining, increased patient awareness, activity modifications, patient compensation, self-care training, and stress management. This article focuses on the theory, goals, evaluation, and treatment aspects of occupational therapy in pulmonary rehabilitation. A case study is included.